10 Fictional Places We'd Visit if We Could
Sometimes the best adventures happen in our imagination. Whether it’s the setting of a magical book or a thrilling TV show, fictional worlds are often even more exciting than reality.
Since real life travel is currently on hold, there’s never been a better time to let your daydreams run wild.
Imagination Travel Ideas: Fictional Worlds We Want to Visit
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to study at Hogwarts, gorge on chocolate with Willy Wonka or take a trip through Middle Earth? We have! To fire up your imagination even more, we’ve put together a list of 10 fictional travel ideas:
1) HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZADRY (Harry Potter)
From its towering turrets to its talking paintings, Hogwarts is the most iconic fictional school to have ever existed. Hogwarts is a major part of the Harry Potter series and it’s jam-packed with magic. Even the entrance exam is like no other – just put the sorting hat on and it’ll tell you whether you’re a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin. And who doesn’t want to learn how to cast spells, brew potions and play Quidditch on a speedy broomstick?
2) WONDERLAND (Alice in Wonderland)
We can’t imagine a crazier adventure than a trip to Wonderland. In this weird and wonderful place, one sip from a bottle could make you shrink, while a slice of cake could make you taller. You’ll probably bump into the Mad Hatter and make friends with a grinning Cheshire Cat, but just remember not to annoy the terrifying Queen of Hearts. Wonderland is full of Disney charm, but with enough danger to keep you on your toes. Anything can happen when you go down the rabbit hole, making this one unforgettable adventure.
3) THE GALAXY (Star Wars)
The Star Wars Galaxy is a place far, far away, where space travel is totally normal. This famous fictional world is home to all kinds of strange species, as well over 400 billion stars – all orbiting around a supermassive black hole. In the Galaxy, you can walk on the moon and battle with lightsabers, all in one afternoon.
4) NARNIA (Chronicles of Narnia)
“Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia. But don't go trying to use the same route twice. Indeed, don't try to get there at all. It'll happen when you're not looking for it.”
– Professor Digory Kirke, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
If you read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a child, then you’ll know all about Narnia. If you love magic and mayhem, then this is the place for you. The mystical world of Narnia has a sky like a huge dome, and is filled with magical beings called Star People, talking animals and underground worlds to explore.
5) MIDDLE EARTH (The Lord of the Rings)
One of the most detailed imaginary places ever created is Middle Earth, and it is the setting for some of history’s most famous fantasy fiction. Tolkien drew detailed maps of his magical world and there’s lots to explore. For an enjoyable adventure, skip through the lush, green fields of the Shire with its friendly hobbits or visit the breathtaking wood elves in the golden kingdom of Lórian. If you’re in the mood for danger, head to the terrifyingly dark Mordor. Home to the evil Sauron, it’s surrounded by rocky mountains and swampland.
6) THE EMERALD CITY (The Wizard of Oz)
Home to the mysterious Wizard of Oz, the Emerald City has to be one of the strangest places in all of fantasy land. For starters, you need to follow the yellow brick road to reach its emerald-encrusted walls. Plus, everyone is forced to wear green-tinted glasses within the city walls, including the animals. The Emerald City is apparently so green that you still see its glow far off into the distance.
7) LAND OF OZ (Wizard of Oz)
You can’t go to the Emerald City without spending some time in the Land of Oz. In this fairy kingdom, talking animals rule. Look out for friendly creatures with big personalities, like the Cowardly Lion, the Comfortable Camel and the Hungry Tiger. Or head to the Unicorner in Munchkin Country for a chance to see the unicorns. There are also Bun People, made entirely of baked treats, and living paper dolls to meet while you explore this strange world.
8) WILLY WONKA'S CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Known as the greatest factory in the world for good reason, Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory would satisfy even the biggest sugar-lover. Delicious treats on offer include Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight, Everlasting Gobstoppers and even lickable wallpaper. You could try floating down the Chocolate River or swimming in a pool of fizzy lemonade. Even if you’re not a fan of chocolate, the great glass elevator makes this factory worth a visit.
9) THE GAME OF THRONES WORLD
Game of Thrones is one of the most popular TV shows ever made. When it comes to this fantasy realm, even the guided tour can’t match the thrill of your imagination. The novels the show is based on were written by George R. R. Martin, and the world he created is made up of three continents and numerous islands. King’s Landing, although dangerous, seems particularly lovely with its Gold Road and Rose Road. But watch out for the seasons, because winter’s been known to last for a long time in this world.
10) NEVERLAND (Peter Pan)
If you never want to grow up, then Neverland is the place for you. You can expect to meet Captain Hook and his pirate crew, Tinker Bell and a whole host of other fairies and The Lost Boys – a tribe of brave children who live in treehouses and caves. But be warned: the longer people stay in Neverland, the more they forget about their former lives.
Pop culture is full of thrilling fantasy worlds and we’d love to experience all of them. When you feel like switching daydreams for some real world holiday inspiration, you can still check out our travel-related blog posts. In the meantime, happy imaginative travels!